Women win, men fourth
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FREDONIA, N.Y. -- The Fredonia State women handily captured the 2009 Blue Devil Invite title by defeating second-place Oswego by just over 200 points, 869-665. The men finished fourth in the 10-team event. The scored 482, while Penn State Behrend won with a score of 836.
Sunday Highlights include Sarah Ficarro (Owego/Owego) winning the 1-meter diving event with an NCAA provisional score of 420.80
Morgan Reisch (Fairport/Fairport) won the 100-yard backstroke while by freshman teammate Emily Ginty (Chenango Forks/Chenango Forks) placed second.
Juliana Walker (Frewsburg/Frewsburg) finished second in the 100-yard butterfly. Freshman Liz Schake (Churchville/Churchville Chili) posted a season-best in the same event, finishing fourth.
Stephanie Andrasek (Parma, Ohio/Normandy) finished second in the 200-yard breast stroke, followed by Taylor Kelly (Wading River/Shoreham Wading River) and Leiya Pujals (King’ Park/King’s Park), who finished fifth and seventh, respectively.
Lindsay Holmes (Walworth/Gananda) and Mandy Nelson (Frewburg/Frewsburg) finished fifth and seventh in the 200-yard freestyle.
The 400-yard free relay team of Walker, Schake, Ginty and Reisch finished second in the A flight, while the B flight relay of Andrasek, Holmes, Renee Solly (Lockport/Lockport), and Penny Robin (Dansville/Dansville) captured the win.
The Blue Devil men battled to a fourth-place finish, despite only 14 men competing.
Mike Seay (Grand Island/Grand Island) scored a victory in the 400-yard IM with a time of 4:25.02, and followed that with a second-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly. He was also a part of the 400 free relay squad that captured second place. His teammates were Zac Parker (Rochester/Brighton), Mike Mitchell (Medina/Medina) and Mike Hughson (Albion/Albion), each of whom also calimed a top-five individual finish.
Parker finished fifth in the 100 butterfly, Mitchell finished fifth in the 200 freestyle and Hughson finished third in the 400-yard IM.
Divers John Rodman (Livonia/Livonia) and Ryan Fuller (Endicott/Union Endicott) finished sixth and eighth, respectively, in the 3-meter diving.
Head coach Arthur Wang was pleased with the teams' efforts in the three-day event. "I was very happy with the end result. The team worked extremely hard to achieve their results without a full rest."
Wang also saw his and the teams’ efforts benefit a good cause. In conjunction with the American Cancer Society declaring December as Lung Cancer Awareness Month, the Blue Devils raised a significant amount of money for the ACS. “The pool was filled with excitement over the weekend and we raised over a $1,000.00 for lung cancer research with the ‘Swimming for the Cure’ benefit.”Both teams will end the first semester with a home meet vs. Gannon of Friday.